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Position papers: Springfield Township Board of Trustees

10/6/2011 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Melissa White vs. Dean Young (incumbent)

Voters will vote for one candidate for Springfield Township Board of Trustees on the Nov. 8 General Election ballot. This race is nonpartisan. The information provided below was submitted by candidate Dean Young, with his responses to our questions printed as submitted. Candidate Melissa White did not respond to our request for information by the stated deadline.

Dean Young
Dean Young

Age: 59

Resident of: Springfield

Education: Springfield High School (1970); B.A., Malone College, magna cum laude (1974); J.D., Ohio State University College of Law, Cum Laude (1977)

Profession: Currently, member, Springfield Township Board of Trustees (2008-present); attorney/managing partner, Young & Yeargin LLC (2006-present); formerly, attorney, Young & McDowell, Attorneys (1989-2006); formerly, self-employed attorney (1982-89); formerly, attorney, Procario, Anthony & Young, Attorneys (1979-81); formerly, member, Lake Township Zoning Board of Appeals (1980-89; chairman, 1982-89); formerly, member, Springfield Local Schools Board of Education (1971-74; president, 1974)

Professional activities (top three listed): director and incorporator, Springfield Lakemore Festival Committee; treasurer and trustee, Friends of the Springfield-Lakemore Library; director and chairman, Springfield-Lakemore Civic Association (2004-present)

Why are you running for trustee?

“I want to continue my work started 4 years ago: make Springfield the place that families and businesses want to be. I’ve been proactive, developing quality of life initiatives: 1) clean-up of the lakefront; 2) construction of the gazebo; 3) creation of a summer concert series; 4) expanded Senior Center into a ‘Community Center’ for all ages; 5) creation of community festival “Rock the Docks”; 6) worked for development of parks (Lauer Park and Bog Metro Park); 7) improved soccer fields; 8) transferred JEDD Sports Complex to community youth; 9) supported a new High School.

“I worked on stimulating economic growth by 1) revising zoning code; 2) encouraging development of Chamber of Commerce; 3) obtaining regulation of gambling establishments; 4) removing nuisance buildings.

“I worked to improve safety services: Lakemore police contract, development Volunteer Police Auxiliary, and a plan for upgrade of fire equipment, and encouraging collaboration with Lakemore.”

What are the biggest challenges facing the township in the next five years and how would you address them?

“Our biggest challenge: loss of revenue due to the state phasing out local government funding and reduction in the value of real property. This must be dealt with in two ways: 1) by adopting the philosophy that we will find ways to ‘do more with less.’ We must work more efficiently, including developing collaborative efforts with other communities to share resources and avoid duplication; 2) continue to encourage growing our economic base by being business friendly and projecting the attitude ‘how can we help you?’

“Our second biggest challenge: competition with other communities around us to attract families to make this their home. We need to continue to develop and improve amenities that add to the quality of life: parks, recreational opportunities, schools, shopping areas, and safety services.”

What would be your top three priorities if you took office or were re-elected? Why?

“My priority will be to face the challenges outlined above and meeting them with the strategies that I outlined: 1) working more efficiently — do more with less, saving the taxpayers’ money; 2) utilizing policies to encourage economic development; and 3) continue to make Springfield the place people want to live with development of quality of life facilities and programs (like parks development).”

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